Does Weather Impact Heart Disease?

A new article in the "Heart" Journal claims that there is an impact of the climate on the death rate from heart attacks ("myocardial infarction"). The study utilized data from Athens, Greece, and it shows that for people aged above 70, there is almost a doubling of the death rate from heart attacks in December, compared to June. In addition, high humidity may increase the rate of heart attacks.

While it is certainly possible that physical stress due to weather impacts mortality, the study has attracted some significant criticism. For example, it is also possible that the drop in heart attacks in June is due to the fact that many Greeks may have taken off on vacation! In any case, if weather is causing you stress, take it slowly and carefully! As for myself, I enjoy a dry and temerate climate...


Last Modification - July 14, 2006